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DALE’S MAILBAG

Q: So if I wanted to try Burnham Harbor for salmon, how would I get there? It’s off Lake Shore Drive, right? Is it a pay-to-park lot? That kind of stuff. —Pete

A: Yes, it is off LSD. Turn east at the museums and continue toward Adler. At times, there is street parking there. Otherwise, turn right at the lone right turn. For those with the $10 fisherman’s parking pass, there is a small lot on the east side of Burnham or south of the Northerly Island nature center, which also has pay parking. There’s also new pay parking south of McCormick Place for those who want to fish the west side of Burnham/McCormick Place.

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Updated: December 1, 2011 5:27AM



WILD OF THE WEEK

Rick Remington caught this juvenile peregrine falcon taking a yellow-shafted northern flicker on the lakefront at Montrose. ‘‘The first shot is a distant one the split-second before he grabs the poor bird in midair,’’ he e-mailed. ‘‘He then flies back to the tower and eats the poor bird, which is alive. .  .  . What a tragic, sad and incredibly exciting thing to witness. My only regret is the falcon did not take a ring-billed gull instead of this beautiful migrating flicker.’’ Remington summed it up: ‘‘It had to be one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in the wild. A peregrine falcon is the F-16 of the bird world. The aerial skills they possess are almost unfair. They catch bats in midair, change directions on a dime and are big birds, which makes them even more scary. It must be nice to go through life without fear, knowing you can take what you want whenever you want it.’’ E-mail nominations for WOTW or Buck of the Week: Unplugged to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

WILD TIMES

DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET

Friday: Orland Park 2D, Orland Chateau. Contact Bob Benson at (312) 351-4610 or Jon Ellis at (312) 656-8170.

FISH GATHERING

Wednesday: Steve New on new line, reels and tackle, Walleyes Unlimited, 7 p.m., Gurnee American Legion, walleyesunlimitedusa.org.

BIG NUMBER : 38

Pounds of the Indiana-record chinook salmon, which was caught by Rich Baker from Trail Creek in LaPorte County in 1980.

THE LAST WORD

‘‘Anglers should try to schedule trips during the next four weeks for most active fishing. Turnover still due, but not all lakes [turn over] at the same time [turn at approx. 55 degrees], so there’s plenty of options.” ~ Kurt Justice, of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua, Wis., ending his fishing report last week



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